This picture is one week post op. There is an obvious difference but my PL said things are looking great and on track and not to be worried. I asked him about my right breast and he explained that is my dominant side, so the muscle is smashing down on the implant forcing it to have that appearance whereas my left side is riding high because it is a weaker muscle. It looked this way directly after surgery. I felt confident with that answer but worry still. My placement is partially under the muscle 425 filled to 460. I was asymmetric. The pre op photos show’s a slightly larger left breast but this breast had some milk left in it from 11 months nursing of. The other breast was dry as it dried up at nine months of nursing. I had the augment 2 months after I stopped breastfeeding all together. I’m worried but realize it’s only one week post op. What should I expect?
Bottomed Out or Low Pocket?
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You will need to have smaller implant and revision
I am sorry that you have the result that is perfect. I would say that you had mild sagging and your surgeon tried to give lift by duel plain implant placement and also using larger implant than your breast could support. Your right breast has separation of the ligaments for the inframamary fold and this will not get better with waiting. Your left breast has already started that have ptosis of the breast tissue off the implant. Please go back to your surgeon and if he can not see the problems, get second opinion .
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Double bubble vs. bottoming out breast implants
You have what appears to be a double bubble problem on the right, and unfortunately I would not expect it to get a lot better with time. There is a good option to correct it, which is conversion to a split muscle technique. I would be happy to send you some information about that if you like, since it is important to understand how the muscle release is part of the problem and therefore needs to be considered in planning a correction.
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Double bubble trouble
You have what looks like implant malposition worse on the right than the left. The implant is below your fold cauysing a double bubble. The implants may have been too big for the pocket and the right one is way below the original fold.
Bottoming Out VS. Breast Implant Over-Dissection
This is NOT a case of Breast "bottoming out". Such a process is gradual and is not seen immediately after the surgery. When performing a breast Augmentation, the incision / scar is placed along the intended location of the (new) breast fold (which means that when placing an overly large implant in a small breasted woman and especially one with a high and or tight natural breast fold, care must be taken to avoid a double bubble deformity. In your case, the scars appear low (at the level of your old chest tube scars from ? heart surgery) and there appears to be a fluid collection from the incision to the right breast implant topic. Such collection should be aspirated and I would recommend conservative taping of the breast skin to the chest along with the use of an ace strap to promote adherence. IF this does not correct the problem revision surgery may be required.
Peter a Aldea, MD
Bottoming Out versus Implant Malposition
Hello Kay Girl,
I am sorry that this has happened to you. This is not bottoming out, nor is it your dominant muscle pushing on the right implant. This is implant malposition. And it is rather significant on the right side, and one could argue that you have a small degree of implant malposition on the left, with the appearance of the inframammary fold elevated off your chest wall.
There is a tremendous amount of pressure on the thin tissues that the right implant is pushing on, indicated by the redish appearance. This is something that should be taken care of sooner than later, to prevent more tissue thinning and expansion.
Correction will be more complicated than the breast augmentation, and should entail modification/closing the pocket that the implants are in using permanent internal sutures. Additionally, smaller implants should be replaced, as these are too large for your anatomy and are partially the reason you are in this predicament. Finally, there is an element of breast sagging that might need to be addressed once the new implants are placed in their reconstructed pockets, and this should be addressed with a breast lift if that is the case. (It is difficult for me to say with certainty regarding breast lift by only looking at your photos, however.)
Needless to say, you should get a few consultations with revision breast experts: surgeons with a reputatiion for correcting breast implant problems. More than likely they will be certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery and members of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery.
This is a fixable problem and you can look forward to pretty breasts someday soon. Best of luck!
Right Implant is Low and Can be Fixed
With the fullness below the natural breast crease, and less fullness on top, the photograph shows the right implant sitting too low.
- It may be worth trying to correct this malposition by aggressively limiting the implant positioning to the crease with taping, under-wire bra, and/or special garment/strap. This might work early post-op, before the capsule starts to form.
- The alternative is surgical: early on, the repair might be relatively simple with a well placed reinforcing stitch or two placed at the crease. This can be done through a breast crease incision or through the skin with a temporary "bolster."
- Once a capsule forms, the malposition can be corrected with capsulorrhaphy, surgery to reshape the capsule by closing the part below the crease.
Please understand, these comments are meant to be helpful, but the best choice for you must come from a proper discussion of alternatives with your surgeon.
DOUBLE BUBBLE DEFORMITY
Thanks for the photos. A preop photo would also be helpful. You have a double bubble deformity on the right. I am sorry to say this will not get better with conservative measures. You will need surgery to correct this deformity. There is no reason to wait to get this corrected. Good luck.
Bottomed out or low pocket
There are a variety of issues here. The right implant is sitting lower than the left. A double bubble can be seen on the right and a small double bubble looks like it may be developing on the left. It is best to aggressively support the lower pole of the right breast with taping and or firm fitting bra continuously for the next several weeks in an attempt to improve the right implant position. It is possible that the left implant will drop into the same postion as the right providing you with symmetry. I would not rush into surgery too quickly. It is best to let things settle down and then reassess your needs.
Bottoming out is a gradual process. You do not bottom out after one week. It is impossible to comment on what is going on without at least seeing pre-op pictures, but it does look unusual. One possibility is a seroma or hematoma since those are things that need immediate attention. Only time will tell what is going on. If it is a pocket that is too low, wearing an under-wire bra may help re-establish the infra-mammary fold, but it is not predictable.
Robin T.W. Yuan, M.D.
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